Re/Presenting Europe: Arenas of Belonging: Sport Heroes as Models of Aspiration, Inspiration, and Participation


Time frame

September 2022 - May 2027

Project description

Dutch representations of Europe have not acknowledged the long presence of the super-diverse groups of non-white “others”. This lack of knowledge is intensified by ethno-racial stereotyping which has produced exclusion and social tension. NWA-Re/Presenting Europe analyses misrepresentations in Dutch sports, urban arts, and education. It examines how to heal resulting social divides. It uncovers and disseminates information about how Europe’s “others” have contributed to its culture and history and integrates it into educational practices. It produces complex knowledge of Dutch and European identities and co-creates meaningful representations with communities to increase belonging and foster social resilience for a super-diverse European future. RU-partners focus on sports as an arena of belonging and on sports heroes as possible models of aspiration.


Europe, Dutch sports, urban arts, education, representations, identity, colonial past

Project aims

(Public) conferences & workshops; scholarly articles; dissertations; blogs & podcasts; development of long-term networks and academic fellowships; database black sports heroes (in the Netherlands and overseas); database of oral history narratives of Dutch arts histories; courses & curricula’s on universities, Reinwardt Academy, HBO & WO; travelling exhibitions in museums, the Children’s Literature Museum & public libraries; videos & multi-media multi-modal performances at community spaces; theatre productions; graphic novels; public conversations with Black Archives, Netherlands Institute of Sound & Vision.




  • Amsterdam UMC
  • Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • Leiden University
  • Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV)
  • University of Amsterdam
  • Utrecht University
  • VU Amsterdam
  • Hanze University of Applied Sciences
  • Reinwardt Academy
  • University of Applied Sciences Utrecht
  • University of Curaçao
  • Landelijk Kennisinstituut Cultuureducatie en Amateurkunst (LKCA)
  • Mulier Institute
  • Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision
  • Participatie Federatie
  • Black Archives
  • Cultuur Oost
  • De Rijdende Popschool
  • Dutch National Museum of World Cultures (NMVW)
  • Erfgoed Brabant
  • Feyenoord
  • Foundation Amsterdam Hip HopAcademy
  • FunX b.v.
  • Future Me
  • Groninger Museum
  • House of Urban Arts
  • Keti Koti Tafel
  • Literatuurmuseum
  • Noordstaat
  • Stichting de Sportwereld
  • Stichting Fundashon Bon Intenshun
  • Stichting Nowhere
  • Stichting Ocan


Prof. Marjet Derks,; prof. Jaap Verheul,